Birnbeck Pier 13th August 2010

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Birnbeck Pier was opened in 1867 and is the only pier in the uk which links the mainland to a small island. The pier closed in 1994 and has remained derelict since save for a slipway for the local lifeboat. It was bought in 2006 by Urban Splash who are yet to unveil their plans for it.
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Glasgow Zoo (Calder Park Zoo) 24th August 2009

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Glasgow Zoo closed on the 23rd August 2003. Two years after the sites closure a few small animals such as llamas, ponies and ostriches still remained. There is essentially no information about this site, including a complete lack of wikipedia page. It seems Glasgow Zoo is destined to be forgotten forever. Sadly I’ve really missed this site, even though it’s only been closed six years it’s been completely destroy by Neds (Scottish Chavs) alot of the buildings are now completely gone including the Tropical House & the zoo shop.

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Tiscali personal site


St. Peter’s Seminary 23rd August 2009

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St. Peter’s Seminary screams 1980 architecture despite being designed in the 1961 and completed in 1966. The church decided young priests should be trained in a community rather than in remote schools and as a result it never met its capacity of 100 students. By the time construction was completed it lasted a mere 14 years after its completion in 1980 it was abandoned by the church and became a drug rehabilitation centre. From the very beginning due to its unique design the building was plagued by maintenance problems. As a drug rehabilitation centre these problems continued and worsened eventually the building was forced to close its doors in the late 1980s, despite all these problems it is a category A listed building.

Thinking of going yourself? Don’t bother. It’s building itself has started to crumble, the vandals have ruined it and the roof above the altar is completely burnt out. If I’d known just how bad it was before I went I wouldn’t have bothered myself.

Further Reading:

Telegraph Article

Risky Buildings


Emmanuel Christian School 31st July 2009

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Emmanuel Christian School is a large private faith school in Lancashire for 113 pupils. When originally researching this site I dubbed it “Lancashires Hidden Village” until I had further information because of the large sprawling nature of the site.

Due to the severe lack of information on this site the following information is mainly speculative:

In the early 2000’s the school switched locations. Allowing this one to die a slow death from vandalism and rot. The official website of the school has held a “under construction” placeholder since October 2008 despite the complete closure of the school.

All in all a pretty pants site, it’s huge and has lots of stuff unfortunately all that stuff has either been set on fire or is rotting.

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